We’ve grown accustomed to the JerryRig durability tests over the years as a measurement of smartphone build quality. Most recent phones usually pass the test without any noticeable issues but that wasn’t the case with the brand new ROG Phone 5 from Asus.
While having the standard glass and metal sandwich construction, the device has a weak point along the antenna line on the side frame. With some pressure applied to the back, the host was able to crack the frame and fatally damage the internal vibration motor.
Another bend effort completely snaps the display despite the glass panel actually remaining intact. Going around the back and applying more pressure yields a shattered backplate. The USB-C and accessory port on the side appears to be the main weak point of the device but we’ll have to wait for some teardown videos to see what exactly is the underlying issue here.
I just hope that Asus is aware of this ROG Phone 5 bend situation, and that they are fixing it.
I admire Jerry's content regarding durability test. But even a very durable phone can break on a hand of a careless user. Just saying, if you know how to take care of your things, it may last longer than Jerry's 10 mins video.
Fanbase not big enough to go bendgate